Quick Update on the Deakin Grading Schema
When DUSA approached the university, our request was simple. We were after a model similar to what has since been adopted at other universities, an opt-in/opt-out model. Originally, the University agreed to consider those demands; however, a week or so later they returned to us saying that this was no longer achievable as the student management system they use (Callista) is not capable of recording some student grades with a WAM and some without. DUSA didn’t believe this was an acceptable answer so Student Council took it upon themselves to do some benchmarking. This involved speaking with Presidents from unions and guilds across the country who have adopted an opt out approach, as well as liaising closely with the National Union of Students.
However, as you know the university came to its decision on Friday. As seen in the outcry and response from students over the weekend, this solution is not ideal. DUSA agrees so we will continue to push the university for a better outcome, and over the weekend Student Council developed several strategies moving forward.
Later this afternoon the President alongside the General Secretary and the Vice President – Education will be meeting urgently with the Deputy Vice Chancellor – Education to discuss this issue. The outcome of this meeting will determine the strategies we decide to go with, including how you can help. Student Council is confident we can at least get the university to agree to reconsider their decision and look at alternative solutions.
We understand the frustration this has caused many students and we thank you for understanding the magnitude of this issue. It’s important you watch this space as we will be providing regular developments as well more information about how you can help us get a better outcome.
Take care and stay safe
Your 2020 Council